- Cyber-Criminals Targeting Mobile Devices and Social Media Sites
SAN JOSE, CA, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - SonicWALL, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today issued its mid-year cyber-threat intelligence
bulletin. The bulletin reveals that businesses are increasingly under
attack by cyber-criminals who seek to exploit employees connecting to
corporate networks via mobile devices and their rising use of social
media. Growth in Android-based malware and social media scams such as
click-jacking on Facebook and malicious links sent over Twitter are
creating new and heightened levels of business vulnerability from data
intrusion, theft and loss. Productivity and profitability are also
compromised due to network and application downtime. Data for the
bulletin was sourced from the SonicWALL Global Response Intelligent Defense (GRID) Network™, which gathers, analyzes and correlates billions of dynamic, real-time
Said Boris Yanovsky, SonicWALL vice president of software engineering,
"Cyber-criminals are focusing their attention on penetrating corporate
networks and data through mobile workflow and applications. Employees
innocently surfing dating sites via a mobile device or PC, that are in
fact fake sites, or clicking on offers on Facebook such as a free
McDonald's meal that are click-jacking scams, can have a catastrophic
impact on data security, business continuity and profitability."
Key findings of the mid-year cyber-threat intelligence bulletin include
Mobile-based threats have risen significantly over the last six months. While these threats are not as widespread as computer-based threats,
cyber-criminals have found workarounds to attack mobile phones on any
Android Market malware is a growing issue. With the growth of the Android Market, there has been an increase in
rogue applications affecting thousands of users.
Security threats resulting from the use of social media continue to
rise. As social media has become part of the fabric of social and work-life,
constant access to sites by employees from the corporate network is
creating new levels of vulnerability.
The U.S., Canada and Taiwan are the most heavily hit countries for worldwide threat-related traffic. A snapshot of the top 10 most heavily hit countries may be viewed here.
New and familiar viruses continue to infect computers and networks
worldwide. Top malware threats in the first half of 2011 were fake anti-virus
malware, including a new variant consisting of fake desktop utilities.
Phishing fraud is more sophisticated and difficult to detect. An updated list of organizations that have been spoofed over the last
six months is available here.
Most dangerous threats over the last six months include advanced persistent threats that come in through clicked links,
lie hidden for an indefinite period of time and become active at a
Click here for the latest threats at the SonicWALL Threat Center.
About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data
protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats
evolve. For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com/.
SOURCE SonicWALL, Inc.
For further information:
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